Anthony Anzalone, a doctor who once dubbed himself “Dr. Marijuana” has had his medical license suspended by the state Board of Medical Examiners this week.
The doctor, who advertises as “NJGreenMD” had been indiscriminately referring thousands of patients to the medical marijuana program without examining them or even acting as their doctor, according to an announcement from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
According to Grewal, the obstetrician and gynecologist met with patients in rented hotel ball rooms across the state and charged $350 for the initial visit and $100 every quarter to re-up each patient’s registration in the program. He authorized 3,250 patients over four years.
“We allege that Dr. Anzalone exploited his patients and the MMP for his own gain, completely disregarding the regulations meant to protect patients and promote the efficacious use of medicinal marijuana,” said Paul Rodríguez, the acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.
“By temporarily suspending Anzalone from practicing medicine, we are making it clear that we will not allow unscrupulous doctors to enrich themselves at the expense of the safety and welfare of their patients and the public.”